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13 If a man will not turn, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.
14 He hath prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.
15 Behold, he travaileth with mischief; he hath conceived sorrow, and brought forth ungodliness.
16 He hath graven and digged up a pit, and is fallen himself into the destruction that he made for other.
17 For his travail shall come upon his own head, and his wickedness shall fall on his own pate.
18 I will give thanks unto the Lord, according to his righteousness; and I will praise the name of the Lord most high.
Psalm viii. Domine, Dominus noster.
LORD, our Governor, how excellent is thy name in all the world; thou that hast set thy glory above the heavens!
2 Out of the mouth of very babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength, because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
3 For I will consider thy heavens, even the works of thy fingers; the moon and the
stars which thou hast ordained.
4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
5 Thou madest him lower than the angels, to crown him with glory and worship.
6 Thou makest him to have dominion of the works of thy hands: and thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet;
7 All sheep and oxen; yea, and the beasts of the field;
8 The fowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea; and whatsoever walketh through the paths of the seas.
9 O Lord, our Governor, how excellent is thy name in all the world!
THE SECOND DAY.
Psalm ix. Confitebor tibi.
WILL give thanks unto thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will speak of all thy marvellous works.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee; yea, my songs will I make of thy name, O thou Most Highest.
3 While mine enemies are driven back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence:
4 For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou art set in the throne that judgest right.
5 Thou hast rebuked the heathen, and destroyed the ungodly; thou hast put out their name for ever and ever.
6 0 thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end; even as the cities which thou hast destroyed, their memorial is perished with them.
7 But the Lord shall endure for ever; he hath also prepared his seat for judgment.
8 For he shall judge the world in righteousness, and minister true judgment unto the people.
9 The Lord also will be a defence for the oppressed, even a refuge in due time of trouble.
10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee; for thou, Lord, hast never failed them that seek thee.
11 O praise the Lord which dwelleth in Sion; show the people of his doings:
12 For when he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them, and forgetteth not the complaint of the poor.
13 Have mercy upon me, O Lord; consider the trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death;
14 That I may show all thy praises within the ports of the daughter of Sion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.
15 The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made; in the same net which they hid privily is their foot taken.
16 The Lord is known to execute judgment; the ungodly is trapped in the work of his own hands.
17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the people that forget God.
18 For the poor shall not alway be forgotten; the patient abiding of the meek shall not perish for ever.
19 Up, Lord, and let not man have the upper hand; let the heathen be judged in thy sight.
20 Put them in fear, O Lord, that the heathen may know themselves to be but men.
Psalm x. Ut quid, Domine?
HY standest thou so far off, O Lord, and hidest thy face in the needful time of trouble?
2 The ungodly, for his own lust, doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the crafty wiliness that they have imagined.
3 For the ungodly hath made boast of his own heart's desire, and speaketh good of the covetous, whom God abhorreth.
4 The ungodly is so proud, that he careth not for God, neither is God in all his thoughts.
5 His ways are alway grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight, and therefore defieth he all his enemies.
6 For he hath said in his heart, Tush, I shall never be cast down, there shall no harm happen unto me.
7 His mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and fraud; under his tongue is ungodliness and vanity.
8 He sitteth lurking in the thievish corners of the streets, and privily in his lurking dens doth he murder the innocent; his eyes are set against the poor.
9 For he lieth waiting secretly; even as a lion lurketh he in his den, that he may ravish the poor.
10 He doth ravish the poor, when he getteth him into his
11 He falleth down, and humbleth himself, that the congregation of the poor may fall into the hands of his captains.
12 He hath said in his heart, Tush, God hath forgotten; he hideth away his face, and he will never see it.
13 Arise, O Lord God, and lift up thine hand; forget not the poor.
14 Wherefore should the wicked blaspheme God, while he doth say in his heart, Tush, thou God carest not for it?
15 Surely thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest ungodliness and wrong.
16 That thou mayest take the matter into thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; for thou art the helper of the friendless.
17 Break thou the power of the ungodly and malicious; take away his ungodliness, and thou shalt find none.
18 The Lord is King for ever and ever, and the heathen are perished out of the land.
19 Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the poor; thou preparest their heart, and thine ear hearkeneth thereto :
20 To help the fatherless and poor unto their right, that the man of the earth be no more exalted against them.
Psalm xi. In Domino confido.
N the Lord put I my trust; how say ye then to my soul, that she should flee as a bird unto the hill?
2 For lo, the ungodly bend their bow, and make ready their arrows within the quiver, that they may privily shoot at them which are true of heart.
3 For the foundations will be cast down; and what hath the righteous done?
4 The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord's seat is in heaven.
5 His eyes consider the poor, and his eyelids try the children of
6 The Lord alloweth the righteous: but the ungodly, and him that delighteth in wickedness, doth his soul abhor.
7 Upon the ungodly he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, storm and tempest: this shall be their portion to drink.
8 For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness; his countenance will behold the thing that is just.
Psalm xii. Salvum me fac.
ELP me, Lord, for there is not one godly man left; for the faithful are minished from among the children of men.
2 They talk of vanity every one with his neighbour; they do but flatter with their lips, and dissemble in their double heart.
3 The Lord shall root out all deceitful lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:
4 Which have said, With our tongue will we prevail; we are they that ought to speak: who is Lord over us?